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The five men that went before Derek Jeter in '92

Jun 6, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

jeter running out of box.jpgIn a recent piece for the New York Times, Tyler Kepner traveled back in history for a look at the 1992 MLB Draft, when Derek Jeter was selected sixth overall by the Yankees.  Kepner spoke to the scouts that drafted Jeter and others who were present and conscious of the Yanks’ thinking when the future Hall of Famer was snatched.  It’s a great read and a great story, especially when you consider the five names that came off the board before Jeter:

1st overall.  Phil Nevin – 3B – Astros: Nevin was a stud in college for Cal State-Fullerton and lasted 12 years in the major leagues.  He finished his career with a .270 batting average, 208 home runs and 743 RBI in 1217 games.  Now he manages the Tigers’ Double-A affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania.

2nd overall.  Paul Shuey – RHP – Indians: The reliever had several quality seasons and finished with a 3.87 ERA in 476 career appearances for the Tribe, Dodgers and Orioles.  Of course, Cleveland didn’t draft him with the hope that he would turn into a mediocre middle reliever and he threw his last major league pitch in 2007.

3rd overall.  B.J. Wallace – LHP – Expos: Wallace was a strikeout machine during his days at Mississippi State University and had a superb opening season in the Single-A Florida State League in 1993.  But injuries plagued him often and he failed to ever reach the major leagues.  By 1996 he was out of baseball altogether.

4th overall.  Jeffery Hammonds – OF – Orioles: Considered a five-tool player when he was selected out of Stanford University, Hammonds shot quickly through the O’s system and made his MLB debut in 1993.  He failed to ever live up to the hype, though, and hung up his cleats in 2005 with a .272/.338/.449 career batting line in 957 games.

5th overall.  Chad Motolla – OF – Reds: Motolla didn’t debut with the Reds until late 1996 and played in only 59 major league games.  He’s better known for his success in the minor leagues, where he’s among the all-time leaders in hits and RBI.  Now 38, he works as a hitting coach in the Blue Jays’ system.

Some guys — and some clubs, really — just have all the luck.  Jeter, 35, has a .387 career on-base percentage, a .458 slugging percentage, 2,820 hits and 311 stolen bases over his 15-plus professional seasons with the Yankees.  He debuted in 1995 and is currently batting .301/.350/.435 with six home runs, 34 RBI and six steals in 242 at-bats.  This year’s amateur draft begins on Monday.  The Nationals, of course, are on the clock and are fully expected to draft 17-year-old catcher Bryce Harper.

  1. chris g - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Who’s whining, we won more rings in the last decade. And we didn’t buy them. That was a cheer for the Sox. Maybe if you didnt have on foot on the ground and one on the wagon, youd know the difference.

  2. Pokey Okie - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Being a Rangers(baseball) fan, I really wish the East Coast would fall off in to the Atlantic, however, first Boston fans should grow up. Jeter is one of the best, non PED players of this era. A HOFer for sure.

  3. Pokey Okie - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Aw, come on chris, just because you only have the second highest payroll, get over it. Neither of you would win if you had to compete with rest of us.

  4. Chris g - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Just tell me this fanamine, was it worth, a billon on payroll, 100 billion dollar stadium to win 1 ring in 10 years.

  5. Steve Flack - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    “Who’s whining, we won more rings in the last decade.”
    Two rings is zero more than two rings.

  6. chris g - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Who is the rest of us?

  7. Pokey Okie - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    The other 12 teams in the AL.

  8. PilotHawkeye - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    I too, fondly remember Frank Crosetti. As Jeets is one who is in awe of Yankee tradition, I would NOT be surprised to see the ‘double number retirement’. It is something Jeter would probably insist on.
    I believe that the only single digit number that will remain is #6. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

  9. grateful ke - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    i love how focussed the anti empire universe is on my team… (by the way i grew up with horace clark, celerino sanchez and ron bloomberg, so don’t tell me i’m a johnny-come lately front running phoney). it must suck to not be able to stay focussed on your own team long enough to let a single jeter/yankee comment go by without saying something stupid and inconsequential to try to level it down. find peace..blackbeered, mediocrity can be very soothing.

  10. TwinsMama - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    I hate the Yankees, hate them. It’s my duty as a Twins fan but even I’ll admit that Jeter is tolerable as a Yankee and as a player, pretty, darn good. Even better, he’s a good SNL host.

  11. peteinfla - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Hey Stupid, 2000 is still within the last 10 years right? Lets see, that makes it 2 series apiece. I guess Math is not your strong suit, huh? If you are going to attack the Yankees to make yourself feel better, at least get your facts right. And as for payroll, no Yankee or Red Sox fan should be throwing those arrows. By the way, moron, the Yankees have more homegrown players on their roster than your beloved Red Sox. Look it up if you learn how to read!

  12. Jeff Stern - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Dude, your a hater..go online and take a look at elias sports. Jeet has a lifetime batting average of .316, he was good enough that when the yankees signed A-Rod he moved not Derek. and while he might not go to his left as well as others he certainly goes right as well if not better than anyone else. Let’s not forget all the special plays he has made that other players wouldn’t even think of attempting…Oh and let’s not forget the 5 rings.

  13. Steverman - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    …so do you think it worked?

  14. JFox - Jun 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Yanks & Jeter suck

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